Practice-based Studios and Impact Initiatives bring students from a variety of disciplines together with outside partners from government, nonprofit and business sectors to identify opportunities, generate ideas, and make tools for positive social change.

To date, we’ve brought together more than 200 students across 12 disciplines at MICA to collaborate with outside partners on more than 50 projects dealing with issues from affordable housing to HIV/AIDS prevention to disaster preparedness.

Practice Based Studios

Practice-based Studios bring together teams of MICA graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines to work in collaboration with outside partners and address complex social problems over the course of a 16-week, 3 credit course. For more information about Spring 2018 course offerings, email

Impact Initiatives

Impact Initiatives are long-term, multi-year efforts designed to deepen our work with outside partners focused on positive social change in the areas of climate change, education, and health at a local, national and international level. Current partners and projects include:

Partners (Past + Present)

Through practice-based studios and impact initiatives, MICA's Center for Social Design has collaborated with many different organizations addressing a myriad of social issues and problems. Among our many current and past partners are:

Arts Every Day, Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore Grade Level Reading, Baltimore Health Care Access, Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, City of Baltimore, Department of Housing and Community Development, City of Baltimore, Healthy Homes and Communities, City of Baltimore, Step UP!, Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems (bSAS, Inc.), Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc., Great Kids Farm, HERO, Hale Empowerment & Revitalization Organization, Inc., Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety & Health, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Center for Behavior & Health, Johns Hopkins University, Center for Child & Community Health Research, Johns Hopkins University, Center for Injury Research and Policy, Ken’s Kids, Inc., Maryland Energy Administration, Maryland Responds, National Wildlife Federation, Neighborhood Design Center, Real Food Farm, University of Maryland School of Social Work, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Whole Foods Market

Center for Social Design Case Studies

Leading Change Through Social Innovation

From activating Baltimore City homeowners to install and maintain rain gardens for the benefit of wildlife, water, and community; to working to increase HIV testing among foreign-born Latino males in Baltimore City, MICA's Center for Social Design is leading change through social innovation and a focus on community. Take a look at some of our recent projects via the link below.